From the minute the game kicked off, Broughty Athletic ran out comfortable 3-0 winners against near-neighbours Forfar West End in the Super League tonight at Strathmore Park.
Fed manager Jamie McCunnie was looking for a reaction from his squad tonight following their narrow defeat on Saturday to Linlithgow Rose and they produced it in some style, dominating from the off until the final whistle. Rested was striker Kevin Milne, with Jordan Garden being the upfront lone striker. Fraser Smith returned to the starting line up and Kieran McWalter was content with a place on the bench.
Things started brightly for the visitors as they dominated the opening minutes possession and pegged their hosts back. Smith was first to try his luck on 6mins but his shot flew over the bar. Two Fed corners followed and the deadlock was broken in the 7th minute. Derryn Kesson made a low cross from the right into the box, Danny Cavanagh challenged for the ball with the home keeper, the ball became loose, it was behind Cavanagh but Jordan Garden followed up and stroked the ball home, 0-1.
The Fed pressed upfield again and doubled their lead two minutes later. Garden saw his effort inside the box blocked, it fell to Smith and on his left foot, he rattled the ball into the net, 0-2. 16mins on the clock and Brian Clark rushed down the left side, beating his two markers and let go a shot but it was saved well by the FWE keeper.
Despite Broughty’s early pressure and dominance, you would have thought several more goals would follow in the first half but they took their foot off the gas and FWE got themselves back into the game possession wise but never really troubled John Sinclair in the Fed goal. The final piece of the action in the first half came seconds before the whistle, a FWE corner swung in but Sinclair saved the shot as the whistle went, 0-2 H/T.
The second half was 2mins old when Smith tried again from the edge of the box but his effort was blocked and Cavanagh sliced the rebound out the park. 48mins and a rare FWE break upfield saw Sinclair make a save to his right side down low from a shot inside the box. 50mins and Broughty made it three goals to the good. Cavanagh was down the left side, his low cross across the box found Smith then it fell into the path of the on-rushing Jamie Winter and he slammed home, 0-3.
Sinclair made another easy routine save on 59mins from a FWE break up the park but wasn’t needed on 67mins when a Fed wall blocked a freekick on the edge of the Fed box. 74mins and Garden tried his luck from about 20yrds but the home keeper saved well, tipping his low drive around the post and out. Then the final point of note for the second half before the referee blew for fulltime was a long-range effort from the Fed’s player/manager, Jamie McCunnie, but his 30yrd effort still can’t be found, less said about that the better! 0-3 F/T.
Summing up, great response following Saturday’s defeat. Was always going to be a tricky affair on paper but the lads controlled from start to finish. Broughty’s defence dealt with everything that came their way and the midfield bossed that area of the park. Great three points on the board too with a clean sheet thrown in.
Man of the Match, a couple of contenders for this with the whole team playing well. First-half Derryn Kesson tormented the opposition who resorted to continuously foul him at every opportunity given but he kept plugging away. But for an all-round 90min performance and controlling the middle of the park, attacking and defensively, it goes to Jamie Winter.
Team: Sinclair, Hay, McNaughton, McCunnie, Anderson, Clark, Winter, Smith, Kesson, Cavanagh, Garden.
Subs used: Liversedge on for Cavanagh, McCartney on for Garden, Berry on for Smith.